A new generation of distilleries in the colourful Liberties area of Dublin are at the forefront of the global resurgence of Irish whiskey.
As the home of over 80 distilleries, six of them in Dublin, at one time Ireland produced more than half the whiskey in the world.
Now the capital is spearheading a second golden age of Irish whiskey and reclaiming its place at the centre of the whiskey-making spotlight.
Roe & Co Irish Whiskey will become the latest urban distillery and visitor centre to open its doors in the vibrant and history-laden Liberties area of Dublin’s city centre.
Located within the St James’s Gate Brewery’s iconic Guinness Power Station, a 1940s Art Deco-inspired building that powered the sprawling brewery complex right into the 1990s, Roe & Co Irish Whiskey will be the fourth whiskey distillery to open in the Liberties since 2015.
In a nostalgic nod at the building’s past, a visit to the fully live, working distillery will involve guests clocking in with a time card as they commence a ‘shift’ at the power station.
Inside, the Liberties’ rich history collides with contemporary culture as you explore the science of distillation, the art of blending and a hands-on flavour workshop. After your shift has ended, clock off and relax with a complimentary cocktail in the showstopping Power House bar.
The Jameson Experience, Midleton, Co. Cork
The launch of Roe & Co experience follows hot on the heels of the opening of The Dublin Liberties distillery, which offers daily tours giving an up-close view of the modern Irish whiskey-making process.
Discovering the spirit of Dublin in the Liberties can also involve a tour of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery, which became the first new distillery to open in Dublin in over 125 years when it fired up its stills in 2015.
The tours here conclude with a tasting of the award-winning Teeling whiskeys, with a selection of tasting options available to suit the novice and aficionado alike.
Also in the Liberties is the Pearse Lyons boutique distillery, situated within the completely refurbished St James’s Church. With food paring, cocktail, VIP and private tours available, this is another drop of whiskey heaven on Dublin’s distilleries trail.
Outside the capital, the range of whiskey adventures available is also immense. Among the most indulgent are the ‘Whiskey Me Away’ packages at the Castlemartyr Resort in County Cork.
Included is a five-star overnight stay, a two-course meal in the resort’s Franchinis Italian restaurant, breakfast, and a trip for two adults to the Experience Tour at the Jameson Distillery Midleton.
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